Sachin urges enraged fans to calm down, continue support
Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Harare: Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday urged Indian fans to support the players after the team's stuttering start to the World Cup. The star batsman read out a brief statement to reporters ahead of Wednesday's match against Zimbabwe which asked fans back home to have patience with the side. "This is to all the well-wishers in India," the rare statement from India's most popular cricketer said. "I am here on behalf of the Indian cricket team. We ourselves are very disappointed with the kind of performances we have put up and I also understand the disappointment you have gone through. "I am just here to assure all of you that we will be fighting in all the games until the last ball is bowled so please continue to support us, as you have done in the past, which will surely help us." Tendulkar's extraordinary gesture came a day after an effigy of Indian captain Saurav Ganguly was burnt in Kolkata. Earlier, black paint and oil was thrown at Mohammad Kaif's house in Allahabad. India, which has four points from two games, must win its remaining key games against Zimbabwe, England and Pakistan to qualify for the Super Six round. Disgusted fans in India vented their anger after one of the best batting line-ups in the world failed to last 50 overs against minnows Netherlands and was shot out for 125 by Australia.